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Synonyms of surprise in English:


  • 2 the test came as a big surprise
    shock, bolt from the blue, bombshell, revelation, rude awakening, eye-opener, wake-up call
    informal shocker
  • verb

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  • 1 I was so surprised that I dropped it
    leave open-mouthed, take someone's breath away, dumbfound, stupefy, daze, take aback, shake up
    informal bowl over, floor, flabbergast
  • 2 she surprised a burglar
    take by surprise, catch unawares, catch off guard, catch red-handed, catch in the act
  • Quote

    Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.
    Jane Austen Emma (1815)

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